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Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

Does your feline buddy stay home by herself while you are out earning money for pet food and kitty litter? Cats are very independent, and most of them will do just fine when left alone, as long as they have food, water, and fresh litter. However, if you want to keep Fluffy purring and content, you may want to take a few steps to keep her comfortable while you are out. Here, a Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses leaving your furball home by herself.

Kitty Comforts

Keep your pet’s comfort in mind. Before leaving, turn a radio or TV on for Fluffy. The sound of voices will help keep her from feeling lonely. If you’ll be gone after dark, keep a light on as well. Also, be sure to leave a fan or AC on, so your kitty doesn’t overheat.

Toys

Pouncing and jumping on things will keep Fluffy entertained and active. Make sure your kitty has plenty of fun playthings to bat around. To keep things fun for your cat, offer her a variety of toys and change them out regularly.

Catproofing

Kitties have quite a knack for getting themselves into mischief. Make your home safe for Fluffy by removing anything potentially dangerous, like toxic plants; plastic bags, wrappers and ties; small or sharp objects; chemicals; and medications. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Entertainment

As you may have noticed, cats are very fond of naps. However, Fluffy will still need something to do while she’s awake. Give your kitty a comfy window seat with a good view, so she can spy on birds and squirrels and daydream about pouncing. Your furball may also enjoy watching programs made for kitties. Cats of course also like watching fish, but for the fishes’ sake, make sure you have a solid, catproof fish tank that your pet can’t get to.

Extended Absences

Although most cats are fine by themselves for a day or even two, some kitties should not be left alone for even that long. If Fluffy is a kitten or senior, or has health issues, or if you’ll be gone for more than a weekend, consider boarding her or have a friend or family member stop in and check on her. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic!

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